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marinejcksn
11-26-2008, 04:45 PM
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U.S. troops on Iraq humanitarian mission killed

A U.S. Marine and a soldier were shot to death Tuesday under which circumstances conducting a humanitarian mission north of Baghdad, the U.S. military aforesaid.

Another two Marines and three civilians also were wounded in the attack, which occurred in Baaj, in the northern province of Nineveh, the military said.

Military officials said the unit came under fire from two men one of whom appeared to be wearing any Iraqi military uniform.

"The fly at appears to have been unprovoked," said Col. Bill Buckner, spokesman for the Multi-National Corps-Iraq. "It is unhonored if the attacker was an Iraqi soldier or an insurgent in disguise."

The incident is under investigation and the names of the U.S. troops are being withheld until their families are notified.

Sixteen U.S. forces have been killed in Iraq in November, bringing the total number of U.S. service member deaths in the Iraq war to 4,206.

The latest deaths occurred on the eve of a parliamentary voice on a proposed safety pact between the United States and Iraq that sets out the role of U.S. and allied gangs in Iraq.

The Iraqi government approved the Status of Forces Agreement the Sunday before last, sending the measure to house of lords and house of commons to subsist debated.

Reached after months of negotiations between Iraqi and U.S. representatives, the bond sets June 30, 2009, as the deadline for U.S. combat troops to withdraw from all Iraqi cities and towns.

The date for all U.S. troops to leave Iraq perfectly would be December 31, 2011.

The measure has been met with protests from some Iraqis, most of whom are backers of anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

The Sadrists are among the most ardent critics of the distribution, and others such as Sunni Arabs and secularists have expressed reservations and opposition to the pact.

The Sadrists oppose having any agreement with the United States and requirement U.S. forces to leave instantly. They took to the streets of Baghdad in protest this weekend, waving Iraqi flags and carrying signs scorning the agreement.

marinejcksn
11-26-2008, 06:05 PM
We were unable to make phone calls or use the computer to send outside emails all day yesterday, this story provides the reason why as most of us didn't know what had happened. Our hearts and prayers go out to the brothers in arms lost yesterday and hopes for a safe recovery of those wounded.

FlaGator
11-26-2008, 07:59 PM
We were unable to make phone calls or use the computer to send outside emails all day yesterday, this story provides the reason why as most of us didn't know what had happened. Our hearts and prayers go out to the brothers in arms lost yesterday and hopes for a safe recovery of those wounded.

I am sorry to hear of these losses. I try to keep the military in my prayers, especially those in harms way.